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17 September 2011

Winston Churchill on Education

Macaulay, Gibbon, Plato etc. must train the muscles to wield that sword to the greatest effect. This is indeed a nice subdivision of the term "education". The result of one kind of learning is valued by what you know. Of the other by what you are.

The latter is far more important - but it is useless in the total absence of the former. A judicious proportion should be observed. How many people forgot this!

The education of the school-boy - and of nearly all undergraduates aims only at stocking the mind with facts. I have no ambition to "stifle my spark of intelligence under the weight of literary fuel" but I appreciate the power of facts. Hence my toil.

From New-Wave Conservatives and the Lesson of Churchill courtesy of American Thinker

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